ITMA 2019 Forums Draw Strong Industry Support

ITMA 2019 will be complemented by several key forums when it is held in Barcelona from June 20th to 26th, two of which are the ITMA-EDANA Nonwovens Forum and Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum.

The forums offer a valuable platform for various associations and professionals to connect and network with the right players. This is especially important as collaboration and partnerships from research institutions to technology, chemical and raw material providers and users are increasingly more critical to business success.

To be held on June 21st, the Nonwovens Forum jointly organized by ITMA and EDANA will highlight the latest innovations in nonwovens. The theme of the forum is “Nonwovens Manufacturing Processes for the 21st Century: More Flexible, More Efficient, More Sustainable”. The forum will feature three sessions:

  • Circular economy/challenges & opportunities for processing bio-based & recycled materials on nonwovens machinery
  • Latest trends and innovation in nonwoven processes – including hybrids and composites
  • Innovations in nonwovens technology

There will also be a panel discussion with experts from leading centers of excellence in nonwovens who will exchange their views on the nonwoven processes of the 2030s.

The 3rd Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum @ ITMA 2019 on June 23rd will focus on the circular economy and resource sustainability strategy and how innovation will drive future industry success. Launched at ITMA 2011, the forum is an industry initiative that draws lively participation from dyestuff, color and chemical professionals from around the world.

Themed “Meeting Resource Challenges in the Circular Economy”, the 2019 forum explores how textile chemicals and innovative and cleaner technologies can help create a more sustainable future for the textile and garment industry. Presentations at the forum are clustered into three sessions:

  • Resource management and Industry 4.0
  • Responding to sustainability challenges with innovation
  • Envisioning the future of the colourant and chemical industry

Chairing the forum is Andrew Filarowski, Technical Director of Society of Dyers and Colourists. Speakers confirmed for the forum include Christina Raab, Global Implementation Director of The ZDHC Foundation, and Dunja Drmač, Sustainability Officer of the European Apparel and Textile Confederation (EURATEX).

In addition to the forums, other knowledge sharing activities include the ITMA Innovation Lab. An important element of the lab is the ITMA Speakers Platform where all ITMA exhibitors have been invited to participate. The Platform will be complemented by a video showcase. A new highlight, the ITMA Innovation Video Showcase will provide a new channel for visitors to learn more about innovative exhibits at ITMA 2019.

Registration for both forums is open at itma.com. Details of other co-located events at ITMA 2019 can also be found on the website.

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